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Awalé Resources Intersects Broad Gold Bearing Alteration System in Maiden RC Drill Program

VANCOUVER, Feb. 2, 2018 /CNW/ - Awalé Resources Limited ("Awalé" or the "Company") (TSXV: ARIC) is pleased to announce initial results from the Fako and Fako South Prospects, these results form part of the Company's maiden scout drilling program at the Bondoukou Project. Drilling has intercepted broad gold mineralisation within a large fuchsite/sericite/silica/chlorite alteration system. Results are pending for a further 8 holes at the Fako prospects, these results along with the remainder of the 57-hole drill program are expected in the first half of February.

Highlights from the scout drilling completed at Fako and Fako South are as follows; a full table of drill collars and significant intercepts for this release are included in table 1.

  • BERC0001 - 3 metres at 5.02 grams/tonne ('g/t') gold ('Au') from 31m downhole
  • BERC0005 - 5 metres at 1.46 g/t Au (including 1m at 3.24 g/t Au) from 78m downhole
  • BERC0008 - 20 metres at 0.96 g/t Au (including 3m at 1.98 g/t, 4m at 1.62 g/t and 2m at 1.6 g/t Au) from 60m downhole (hole ends in mineralisation)
  • BERC0009 - 7 metres at 1.2 g/t tonne Au (including 1 metre at 5.6 g/t Au) from 16m downhole
  • BERC0022 - 2 metres at 4.69 g/t Au from 42m downhole
  • BERC0023 - 1 metres at 2.25 g/t Au from 56m downhole


View attached figures: http://www.awaleresources.com/_resources/maps/Maiden_Drilling_Fako.pdf

Glen Parsons CEO commented today:

"First results from the maiden Bondoukou scout RC drill program has revealed a large-scale gold mineralised alteration system characterised by fuchsite and sericite. All 7 drill sections, which cover 4.5 strike kilometres contain the same alteration style, confirming the scale and potential of the prospect. Encouragingly, these first holes which include 20 metres at 1 g/t gold and grades of up to 5 g/t display mineralisation far greater in scale than any of the primary artisanal workings on surface, with exceptional scope to extend mineralisation at this prospect with further work. 

"The drilling reported in this release was conducted over a small portion of the 38km-long Awari shear where with anomalous auger geochemistry remains open along strike in both northwest and southeast of the drilling. These results further validate the company's exploration approach over areas of shallow cover and limited or no outcrop. The company will follow up these promising initial results and continue to test this structure.

 "Our team is working on understanding the geology and relationships between the alteration and mineralisation in anticipation of further results. Once pending results are received, a full geological interpretation will be completed, allowing for planning of extension and infill drilling. 

"Further drilling programs will be run parallel to greater geochemical sampling along the Awari Shear as well as other prospects bringing them to drill-ready status.

"I look forward to updating the market as the balance of results unfold with an enhanced understanding of this system."

Background to the Fako and Fako South Drilling

Results have been returned for 15 of 23 holes drilled at the Fako and Fako South prospects (BERC0001 to BERC0023). Average hole depth was 70 metres for the 1,631 metres drilled at the two prospects. Results from the remaining eight holes are expected in the first half of February. This drilling forms part of a greater 57-hole 4743 metre scout drill program for over five gold prospects at the Bondoukou Project. The drill program was completed on the 22nd of December 2017. 

Drilling at Fako consisted of seven reconnaissance drill lines that focussed on a six kilometre section of the 38 kilometre long Awari Shear. This area was initially defined by a 6km long greater than 50pbb auger anomaly which sits both over and along strike from well-developed artisanal mining areas, consisting of shallow pitting on quartz veins and broader colluvial workings. Resistive/chargeable IP anomalies were found to be coincident with the Auger anomalies, forming coherent scout drilling targets along with the artisanal workings in the vicinity. Importantly the alteration can be traced between each drill section for 4.5 kilometres and is open along strike and down dip - hole BERC0008 ended in mineralisation.

The mineralised zones occur within a large fuchsite alteration system with localised moderate to strong sericite/chlorite/silica and potassic overprinting or zoned alteration. The alteration is also associated with several phases of quartz veining and disseminated sulphide. Some quartz phases are mineralised, while others are barren, sulphide occurs in conjunction with all types alteration but is not always associated with mineralisation.  Paragenetic relationships between veining, alteration and gold mineralisation are poorly understood at this early stage.

Figure 2 is a photo of drilling chips from the 20-metre mineralised zone from hole BERC0008 (60 to 80 metres), with the hole ending in mineralisation, depicting the strong fuchsite alteration, quartz veining and silica/sericite alteration. Rocks hosting the alteration system consist of moderately to strongly sheared intermediate intrusive and volcanic rocks. Thinner mafic to ultramafic lithologies have also been recognised in the logging. All pending holes have weak strong fuchsite alteration, quartz veining, and varying combinations of sericite, potassic and chlorite alteration, results from these holes are awaited to contribute to a more complete geological framework for mineralisation and a plan for further work on the prospect, which will likely commence with diamond drilling to aid in construction of a stronger geological and exploration model.

Quality Control and Assurance

Mineralised intervals presented in Table 1 are drill intersection widths and may not represent true widths of mineralisation. Drill chips obtained from the Reverse Circulation drill program were logged on site with a representative sample of sieved and washed drill chips stored in plastic tray for a geological record. All drill samples were weighed for recovery estimation. Subsequent to completion of logging, samples were transported to a holding area or bag farm under constant supervision where sampling for analysis was completed. Standard sampling protocol involved the splitting of the bulk RC sample with a Jones Riffle Splitter for 1 m intervals in clearly or suspected mineralised sections. Two metre composite samples were collected with a spear for non-mineralised intervals.  All bulk bags have been stored under constant supervision until completion of analysis when any 2m composite samples above 0.2g/t will be re-split to 1 metre intervals.

Sampling equipment was cleaned with a clean brush and compressed air after each sample and the sample placed in a clean, new plastic bag with a sample tag inserted and sealed immediately for dispatch to the laboratory for analysis. Samples have been prepared by ALS Laboratories' preparation facility in Yamoussoukro Cote d'Ivoire and analysed at ALS Laboratories' analytical facility in Kumasi, Ghana. samples have been analysed for gold using a 50g Fire Assay with AAS finish (with gravimetric methods for high grade samples). Standards and blanks were inserted in to the analytical sequence on the basis of one standard for every 20 samples, 2 blanks in every batch, additionally one duplicate was taken every 20 samples.

Table 1. Technical and assay data for drill holes reported in this release (all holes from the Fako and Fako South prospects)

Hole ID Prospect From to Width Gold g/t East North RL Azimuth Dip Total Depth
BERC0001 Fako 31 35 4 3.96 545286 928654 260 220 -50 80
  Including 31 34 3 5.02  
BERC0002 Fako No Significant Intercepts 548515 927033 264.5 220 -50 61
BERC0003 Fako South 16 17 1 0.89 548544 927067 263.5 220 -50 90
  60 61 1 0.25  
64 65 1 0.61
68 76 8 0.32
BERC0004 Fako South 45 54 9 0.46 548565 927095 263 220 -50 82
    60 61 1 0.26  
    66 67 1 0.39
BERC0005 Fako South 8 11 3 0.73 548489 927000 263 220 -50 96
  Including 8 9 1 1.14  
  28 30 2 0.38
78 83 5 1.46
  Including 82 83 1 3.24
BERC0006 Fako 26 31 5 0.92 546487 928096 225 220 -50 84
  Including 26 28 2 1.92  
    81 83 2 0.29
BERC0007 Fako 1 2 1 0.26 546452 928067 227 220 -50 60
BERC0008 Fako 38 42 4 0.48 546644 928023 224 220 -50 80
    50 52 2 0.25  
    60 80 20 0.96
  Including 60 62 2 1.6
& 68 72 4 1.62
& 77 80 3 1.98
BERC0009 Fako 16 23 7 1.2 546659 928051 224 220 -50 60
    18 19 1 5.46  
BERC0010 RESULTS PENDING 546518 928125 224 220 -50 66
BERC0011 RESULTS PENDING 546801 927965 219 220 -50 90
BERC0012 RESULTS PENDING 546766 927928 222 220 -50 84
BERC0013 RESULTS PENDING 545932 928438 246 220 -50 66
BERC0014 30% Returned Remaining Results Pending 545964 928460 247 220 -50 60
BERC0015 No Significant Intercepts 545987 928487 246 220 -50 60
BERC0016 No Significant Intercepts 546006 928522 246 220 -50 60
BERC0017 Fako 28 30 2 0.35 546032 928558 246 220 -50 63
BERC0018 RESULTS PENDING 545794 928525 254 220 -50 60
BERC0019 RESULTS PENDING 545824 928553 257 220 -50 65
BERC0020 RESULTS PENDING 545853 928580 258 220 -50 60
BERC0021 RESULTS PENDING 545881 928608 255 220 -50 60
BERC0022 Fako 12 13 1 0.44 545146 928949 257 40 -60 84
    36 37 1 0.41  
    42 44 2 4.69
  Including 43 44 1 7.97
BERC0023 Fako 56 57 1 2.25 545187 928980 257 220 -50 60




"Glen Parsons

Glen Parsons, President and CEO

Qualified Person
The technical and scientific information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved for release by Andrew Chubb, the Company's Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr Chubb is the Company's Chief Operating Officer and holds an Economic Geology degree, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and is a Member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).  Mr Chubb has 17 years of experience in international minerals exploration and mining project evaluation.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by such information. The statements in this news release are made as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law.

Cautionary Statement


SOURCE Awale Resources